By TRACY HACKLER | BECKETT MEDIA EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Razor Collectibles‘ Brian Gray on Wednesday evening shared a staggering assortment of autographed patch cards from his company’s forthcoming 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Football product due out March 1 . . . and here’s what I think about what I saw:
* In a word, “Wow!” With the exception of dreaded sticker autographs — yes, even high school players are using them these days — this oversized patch autographs set (sequentially numbered to just 5) is double-take attractive. I don’t know if there’s a long future for trading card sets devoted to prep football stars; but if there is, they should all strive to look like these.
* Because its checklist is culled from the rosters of the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, this set boasts an absolutely devastating array of talent, most of which will shine on Saturdays for the next three years or so. The very best of this checklist will shine on Sundays in the future, too; the opportunity to own an autographed jersey card of those players now is a rather enchanting proposition.
* As a means of illustrating the previous point, know this: 21 of Rivals.com‘s top 50 current high school seniors — and seven of the top 10 — are in this set, highlighted by Florida signees Ronald Powell (No. 1) and Sharrif Floyd (No. 4), USC signee Seantrel Henderson (No. 2) and California signee Keenan Allen (No. 5).
* It’ll be extremely interesting to watch the market activity surrounding these cards once the players on them begin making an impact in the college ranks.
* Although these cards are among the first certified autographs for all of these players, it’s already easy to see which kids take pride in their penmanship (Robert Woods, Jackson Jeffcoat, Henderson, Latwan Anderson, Matt Elam, Austin Collinsworth, Marcus Lattimore) and which ones are on the fast track to full-blown give-up status (Barry Brunetti, Khairi Fortt, Chris Martin).
* Facts being what they are, these are the only autographed jersey cards most of these players will ever have; and they’re absolutely the only ones they’ll have for at least the next four or five years. That makes these something of a historic opportunity for the most devoted football collectors.
Stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional details on the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl set, which includes 10 packs, eight to nine autographs and one to two memorabilia cards per box.